Tag: Criminal Justice

Everyone Knows Why Inmates Are Dying in Alabama Prisons. No One Knows How to Fix It

Alabama runs the most violent prison system in America. Inmates in Alabama’s prisons are killed at nearly nine times the national rate. Families have been devastated. The state doesn’t seem to have answers. A study by a criminal justice and civil rights organization concluded that money won’t fix it. Even Donald Trump’s Justice Department called […]

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Patrisse Cullors, LA Reform Jails Tackle Mental Health, Mass Incarceration with Mental Health Matters Summit + Day Party

In its commitment to addressing the failures of the prison industrial complex—as it pertains to mental health, drug dependency, chronic homelessness, and other issues—Patrisse Cullors, founder of Reform L.A. Jails, knew her organization would require a unique strategy in order to build a stronger rapport with Los Angeles residents and educate them on the unspeakable […]

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When ‘Incorrigible’ Teen Girls Were Jailed

In 1932, at the age of 12, my maternal grandmother, a talented young singer, was a victim of sexual abuse. By the time she was 15, she was performing in a Minneapolis nightclub to earn money to help her family survive. It was the Depression, and she was the youngest daughter of a widowed mother, […]

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Ayanna Pressley’s Latest Resolution Is a Sweeping Progression Vision that Would Transform America’s Legal System

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced on Thursday a comprehensive criminal justice resolution package that would massively restructure America’s legal system—and fundamentally reshape the role prisons and jails play in American life. Titled “the People’s Justice Guarantee,” the resolution is a progressive vision of justice that is being touted as “the most progressive and comprehensive plan […]

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Ayanna Pressley’s Latest Resolution Is a Sweeping Progressive Vision That Would Transform America’s Legal System

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced on Thursday a comprehensive criminal justice resolution package that would massively restructure America’s legal system—and fundamentally reshape the role prisons and jails play in American life. Titled the “the People’s Justice Guarantee,” the resolution is a progressive vision of justice that is being touted as “the most progressive and comprehensive plan […]

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How a Crusader Wins

The résumé that won John Koufos his job as national director of re-entry initiatives for Right on Crime, a project aimed at winning support from conservatives for criminal justice reforms, is one few would want. Before he landed on the radar of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the think tank behind the project, he was […]

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New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

ULLENSAKER, Norway — From the outside, Romerike Prison looks like many correctional facilities in the United States: barbed-wire fences, guard stations and inmate cells scattered across acres of land. But inside is a different story. Hard plastic windows allow prisoners to look outside. Contemporary artwork lines the hallways. And when prisoners are released — almost […]

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John Legend Furthers His Efforts To Help Ex-Inmates Step Into Entrepreneurship

R&B singer John Legend has been a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform. The Ohio native is furthering his efforts to reduce recidivism and provide support for the formerly incarcerated and others whose lives have been directly impacted by the flawed criminal justice system. According to Forbes Legend—whose real name is John Roger Stephens—recently announced […]

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Why 7 Police Officers Were Blacklisted in Brooklyn

One detective conducted such sloppy eyewitness identification procedures that a judge called the lapses “inconceivable.” Another officer was charged with taking a 14-year-old boy he had arrested on a minor charge to a Staten Island marsh and stranding him there. A third was once suspended from the force for steroid use and had posted on […]

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Soros Adds Intrigue and $800,000 to D.A. Race, Backing Progressive

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — With much of the election energy focused on next year’s presidential election, most of the contests in New York State have stuck firmly to the all-the-politics-is-local playbook, hinging on issues like schools and crime. But one district attorney race on the banks of Lake Ontario has become an unlikely big-money referendum on […]

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Is the ‘War on Drugs’ Over? Arrest Statistics Say No

Despite bipartisan calls to treat drug addiction as a public health issue rather than as a crime — and despite the legalization of marijuana in more states — arrests for drugs increased again last year. According to estimated crime statistics released by the F.B.I. in September, there were 1,654,282 arrests for drugs in 2018, a […]

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Louisiana DA Tries to Remove Black Judge from Hundreds of Cases After She Spoke Out Against Racial Injustice

Some funny things happen when you try to tell the truth. In Louisiana, for instance, a white district attorney is actively undermining and delegitimizing a black judge for daring to say that the criminal justice system “disproportionately puts African Americans in more harm or risk than anyone else.” Advertisement As the Acadiana Advocate reports, Sixteenth […]

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ACLU Files Suit Against South Carolina’s Wealth-Based Driver’s License Suspensions

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles’ policy of automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people unable to pay traffic tickets, a policy which disproportionately affects poor and nonwhite people. Along with the ACLU of South Carolina, Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, the Southern […]

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When NY Ended Money Bail, a Prosecutor Trained DAs to Keep People in Jail

As New York joined a handful of other states in passing sweeping criminal justice reforms, one of the state’s top prosecutors helped attorneys and legislators find loopholes to subvert laws intended to end money bail and guarantee speedy trials. In April, New York Democrats, who controlled the governorship and both legislative branches, passed measures that […]

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Psychiatric Bed Shortage Grows While Americans Suffer

Nobody seems to care. And nothing is being done to address the problem. New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) brings us the sad story of Meme, a 61-year-old senior woman who was committed to an involuntary stay for psychiatric problems based upon the observations of local police and her adult daughter. Which would ordinarily be okay […]

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Sen. Cory Booker Rips Into Candidates Who Did Not Attend First Town Hall By Formerly Incarcerated Leaders

Yesterday, Philadelphia made history and held its first-ever town hall by formerly incarcerated leaders. Sadly, only New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Sen. Kamala Harris and businessman Tom Steyer were in attendance. Booker called out his other opponents. See Also: Black Leaders Mourn The Tremendous Loss Of Rep. Elijah Cummings According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, […]

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Exonerated 5 Fighting to Stop Cops From Lying, Using Innocent People’s DNA and Other Things You Probably Thought Were Already Illegal

Innocent until proven guilty is one of the foundational tenets of American jurisprudence. Even when a person is arrested and jailed for a crime, they are afforded the same presumption of innocence as Ivanka Trump, Jesus Christ, the white people in lotion commercials or any other unblemished, blue-eyed blonde American. Of course, if you’re black, […]

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Exonerated Five Fighting to Stop Cops From Lying, Using Innocent People’s DNA and Other Things You Probably Thought Were Already Illegal

Innocent until proven guilty is one of the foundational tenets of American jurisprudence. Even when a person is arrested and jailed for a crime, they are afforded the same presumption of innocence as Ivanka Trump, Jesus Christ, the white people in lotion commercials or any other unblemished, blue-eyed blonde American. Of course, if you’re black, […]

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Trump’s Black College Spectacle

Donald Trump at Benedict College was beneath contempt. Benedict College is a historically black college in Columbia, S.C. Trump spoke there on Friday at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum organized by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a “group of over eighty African-American mayors, city, county and state officials, prosecutors and defense attorneys, political […]

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Democratic Candidates Rebuke Trump at Criminal Justice Forum

COLUMBIA, S.C. — One day after President Trump claimed he had done more for black voters than the Obama administration had, several Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the same historically black college on Saturday and issued a blistering rebuke of both the president and the event’s organizers — whom they accused of giving Mr. Trump […]

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‘What the Hell …’?: Trump Touts Himself as the Best to Ever Do It for Black America Before an Audience of Allies at Benedict College Criminal Justice Forum

Donald Trump kicked off a three-day criminal-justice forum at South Carolina’s Benedict College on Friday, giving a racially fraught speech before an audience predominated by Trump friendlies and including few students from the HBCU. Trump was the headliner Friday at the “Second Step Presidential Justice Forum.” Billed as a bipartisan discussion of criminal-justice issues, the forum’s […]

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